The social uses of books in the eighteenth-century home

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Abigail Williams
Monday, 20 November, 2017 - 17:15
Weston Library Lecture Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford

Monday 20 November 2017
Weston Library Lecture Theatre at 5.15 p.m.

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS

(University of Oxford)

The social uses of books in the eighteenth-century home

During the European Enlightenment books began to be cherished in a domestic context as never before, forming a vital part of the social life of middle-class adults and affecting the education of their children. This talk will describe how the possession of books, and their availability through circulating libraries, affected and was affected by society at this period, and what we can gather of reading habits and the uses of literature from an examination of contemporary marginalia, letters and diaries, library catalogues, elocution manuals, subscription lists and periodicals.